Isaac Yeaton ’11
Sullivan County, N.H.
Did you grow up Sullivan County?
Yes. I started out in Cornish, N.H., and then moved up the road after kindergarten to Plainfield. Both are in Sullivan.
Why did you choose UNH?
In-state tuition played a large role in my decision, as did a comprehensive mechanical engineering program. It is also nice to be close to home and not stuck in a city.
Why did you choose mechanical engineering as your major?
I have always had an interest in motorcycles and other machines, as well as math. Mechanical engineering seemed like a good way to combine the two. Also, my father has a machine shop, which provided hands-on engineering experience.
Did financial assistance play a role in your coming to UNH?
I received less aid to attend UNH than I would have at other schools, but combined with in-state tuition, it was the most affordable option. I have been fortunate enough to have the majority of my costs covered by grants and scholarships.
What are your plans for when you graduate?
I would like to attend graduate school for at least my masters in mechanical engineering. After that, I am not sure.
What has been beneficial to you at UNH?
I have a great adviser, Professor Todd Gross, who has been very encouraging and willing to help, be it getting into needed classes or encouraging higher performance. Also the facilities: the mechanical engineering department has a lot of lab and machine shop space, where students can actually get involved. The professors are very dedicated and helpful.
The study abroad program, which allowed me to go to Budapest, Hungary, and still graduate in four years, was also very nice. This would be more difficult at other schools.
What have you enjoyed here?
I was a member of the UNH Climbing Club in its first year. It was rewarding to be a part of something that has lots of potential to grow. UNH is one of the first universities in the country to have something like this, and for me, being there from the beginning has been exciting.
The Durham location is great. There’s great climbing in nearby Pawtuckaway State Park, or you can head north and be in the mountains.
What do you think is important to know about UNH?
UNH has a number of very high-caliber students, and the research opportunities are astounding.